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presidential contenders making waves. and, up to snuff. the puppies tearing through your things. and why, this time, it's perfectly okay. good evening on this sunday. when the headline crossed this weekend, we immediately thought, not again. a child athlete, this time, a 17-year-old rugby player, collapsing and dying on the field near denver. it comes just days after that 16-year-old basketball player in michigan. and tonight, a startling number found by our medical team here. a young athlete in this team here dies from cardiac arrest every nine days. doctors telling us today that that number could be even higher. so, what's causing this? what should parents know? and this question tonight, what are they doing in italy that's reduced the number of deaths there dramatically? we begin tonight with clayton sandell in ft. collins,
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colorado. >> reporter: on this field yesterday, 17-year-old rugby player matthew took a powerful hit to the chest and collapsed. he was air lifted to a local hospital, where he died. the coroner says the tragedy on this field was caused by a condition known as sudden cardiac death. experts say it happens far too often to young athletes in the prime of their lives. it's estimated as many as 1 in 350 kids may have dangerous underlying heart conditions. >> athletes are probably at higher risk than the general population because they exercise more and ironically, though we know exercise is a healthy benefit for all of us, in some persons with an underlying heart condition, exercise is the trigger for a sudden cardiac arrest. >> reporter: matthew's death comes just days after wes leonard collapsed and died after scoring the winning shot for his team. >> because it's just tearing me up. because he was just a special
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kid with a passion that, you just don't get to see all the time. >> reporter: young people dying of heart failure? it's far more common than most of us realize. stories like these are being repeated around the country, with estimates as high as one death every three days. support groups like parent heart watch are trying to prevent these tragedies. they say young athletes should get early and mandatory screening with an ekg. similar programs have successfully lowered the death rate in italy. but medical groups in this country say the huge costs outweigh the benefits. groups also want schools and teams to have heart defibrillators at games. and for coaches and parents to learn cpr. friends say matthew was always smiling, always ready with a joke. and now many are calling for new attention to a most serious problem. clayton sandell, abc news, ft. collins, colorado. >> story so difficult to hear. we want to bring in dr. marie savard. i know you have three sons, all
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young athletes, you are so versed on this. i wanted to look at this animation of the heart tonight. and it starts out as a heart that's normally beating. >> that's right. sudden cardiac death goes from a normally beating heart to a rapid beating heart and it then stops. often because there's an underlying condition. perhaps a heart disorder that wasn't yet discovers. >> so the parents had no idea. which leads to your checklist tonight. they're going to hear what they do in italy, the ekgs, many parents will want to ask for one. >> the american heart association recommends that all kids before athletic programs, and then repeated every two years have a focused history where they talk about a family history, and a physical examination to detect heart murmurs or any problems. and if there's a problem, go on to the ekg. >> so, the ekg after something shows up in the history. and one other question about the defibrillator that keeps coming
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up. what can parents do tomorrow morning if they want to when it comes to the school? >> i think tomorrow every parent who has a child athlete should ask their school, do they have this defibrillator? this is something that is easy to use, should be available. people should be coached. and perhaps more important is that every coach and training program know about cpr. >> all right, dr. marie savard, thank you for being here and helps us report out the story. we're going to move on this evening, as we've been reporting also, on those devastating tornados that tore through the south. tonight, we've learned 1,500 people in rain, louisiana are still unable to return home. this woman died while trying to protect her daughter. the storm system is now barrelling up the appalachians tonight. flood warnings are in more than 20 states. and in upstate new york and new england, snow. it would make this one of the top five snowiest winder winter
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on ever. we turn now to gas prices, $4 a reality in many parts of the country. and today we learned that the white house is at least considering a dramatic move. tapping into this country's oil reserves. before the usual summer spike arrives. is this the answer? here's david kerley. >> reporter: for the first time since middle east fighting started quickly pushing up gas prices, the president is thinking about tapping into the country's oil reserves. >> the issue of the reserves is one we're considering. it is something that only is done, has been done in very rare occasions. >> reporter: along the gulf coast is the nation's oil piggy bank. 727 million barrels stored in underground salt domes, there to protect against a sudden cutoff of supply. tonight, there is no shortage or gas, just uncertainty. so, is it the right time? >> it's a good idea to signal the readiness to use it, but the condition for using it are not there yet. >> reporter: but with the
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economy just starting to rebound, drivers, also known as voters, complaining about gas prices, there may be political pressure. are we using this as a football? >> it was from the start. >> reporter: this man started president clinton's release back in 2000, shortly before an election and con clupded politics drove the decision and there was no proof the release actually lowered gas prices. president obama could receive similar criticism if he opens the reserve now. >> this decision would be, i think, have some, a bad odor to it, and so he's probably weighing whether the politics will go north or south and we'll see. >> reporter: as a candidate, mr. obama was not adverse to releasing some of those oil reserves back in 2008. and while he is now considering the move, it doesn't seem that way two weeks ago when he said, quote, we actually think we'll be able to ride out the libya situation and that it will stabilize.
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david? >> david, as you know there, gas prices are being driven by that uncertainty in libya. and this evening, a reality check on the ground there. all weekend long we have been hearing a tale of two countries. come nomo mar gadhafi boast iin he has taken over cities. we start tonight with miguel marquez in tripoli. miguel? >> reporter: david, this is green square tonight, and this is what it's been like for much of the day. people here celebrating what they say is the reunification of libya. >> they are celebrating winning the war against terrorism and the traitors who threatened our country. >> reporter: they say that people from outside the country came here and tried to tear libya apart and now they have been told by their government that the rebels have been routed, they've been crushed. the rebels completely disagree with what these people say.
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but it appears very clear that moammar gadhafi has begun to strike back and strike very hard at the rebels all along the east and towns that have previously fallen to the rebels. if anyone doubted that he didn't have support in tripoli, the people here are trying to prove that he does and it certainly seems that he has a very big, strong and loyal following here in tripoli. >> this is the truth. we love moammar gadhafi. >> moammar ga daffy, he built us. he is living. >> reporter: just where this goes now is very unclear. the people will be expecting to hear from gadhafi. they thought he might show up tonight and he hasn't so far. but they expect to hear from him soon to say that the country is reunited and all of this bit of history is now in the past and libya is once again whole. david? >> all right, miguel, thank you. supporters of gadhafi there behind him, waiting to hear from
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the colonel. now, no lama hasan, reporting from eastern libya, where rebels are trying to dispel the colonel's claims. >> reporter: opposition forces say they are still in control of towns here in the east, in spite of colonel gadhafi's claims. >> for us, we are very used to his rumors and we know that's what he used to use for 42 years now. >> reporter: state television is reporting that gadhafi's forces are marching here to benghazi, now the unofficial capital of the opposition. we set out to find out, driving west through this land. we saw no signs of pro-gadhafi troops on the road. but we heard accounts of attacks by air. we were just on the road here and we stopped by a police station that was heavily manned by the rebels and we heard the sirens and they warned us to get out of the area, because a car that was on the way was hit by a
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rocket. fierce fighting is still raging in pockets of the country. here, 120 miles west of tripoli, rebels pushed back an attack by helicopter gun ships, but they expect another attack. but the rebels also had a setback, as they tried to held to gadhafi's hometown. they were repelled by air strikes. "it is a massacre," this fighter told us. "i saw people die in front of me, even children." lama hasan, a b bc news, libya. this morning, senator john mccain called colonel gadhafi insane on abc's "this week." >> this would send a signal toll gadhafi that the president is serious when he says, we need for gadhafi to go, and it would be encouraging to the resistance, who are certainly outgunned from the air. >> the white house remains cool to the idea of a no-fly zone,
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saying it would require a big military operation in a big country. in afghanistan tonight, harsh words for the u.s. >> president karzai rejected a u.s. apology for the mistaken killing of nine afghan boys in an air strike. general david petraeus personally delivered the apology today. karzai said the apology was not enough, saying, quote, the people of afghanistan are tired of these incidents and excuses and condemnations cannot relief their pain. back in this country now, congress is set to start hearings this week about the american-muslim community. the committee chairman says he wants to look at why some american muslims are being radicalized. linsey davis was there. >> by the united states constitution, then leave this country. >> reporter: protesters showed up for a showdown, about a congressional hearing scheduled for later this week. >> it's un-american to go and attack muslims. >> reporter: representative peter king of new york, the
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chairman of the house homeland security committee, says affiliates of al qaeda are radicalizing some american muslims and thursday's hearing is about the threat they pose to the u.s. >> there's been radicalization. >> reporter: but hundreds of protesters showed up in times square this afternoon to say muslims shouldn't be singled out under any circumstances. >> i don't want us to go down the same road as mccarthyism. not to target a whole community with the fault of the actions of a few. >> reporter: the imam who was initially behind the controversial mosque near ground zero was among those who condemned the theory. do you see this as a potential vilification of the muslim community? >> that is the perception. the real enemy is radicalization and extremism. >> reporter: just down the street, a much smaller group stood in support of the hearing. >> i am here because i'm opposed to terrorism in the united states. >> reporter: representative mike
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honda, liking the years he spent in a japanese internment camp, to what's happening now. >> we know from the past you don't solve problems by victimizing one group. >> reporter: a member of the obama administration reiterated this afternoon that the government's success at preventing al qaeda from radicalizing americans would only come from a partnership with the muslim community. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> a lot of attention on those hearings this week. and still ahead on "world news" this sunday night, it is early, but president usual contenders already making waves. tonight, we go down the list, including those comments about that pregnant oscar winner, natalie portman. a tale of two family trees. the coming royal wedding, and the weddings before. tonight, the family trees reveals here. and later tonight, the puppies tearing through your things, and why there's a team right there cheering them on.
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me my most important role of my life. >> people see a natalie portman or some other hollywood starlet who boasts of, hey, look, you know, we're having children, we're not married but we're having these children and they're doing just fine. >> reporter: mike huckabee later said he never meant to attack portman. but huckabee's comments came the same week as another head scratcher, where he wrongly asserted that president obama was raised in kenya. it's the kind of unforced error presidential candidates can't afford. another likely candidate, mitt romney, used a weekend appearance in new hampshire to attack a more traditional target. president obama, and his health care law. >> one thing i would never do is usurp the constitutional power of states with a federal takeover. i would repeal obamacare. >> and rick klein is with us from washington now. it seems to early to talk about the presidential race, but this time four years ago? >> reporter: 17 candidates four years ago at this stage.
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one of them had already dropped out. this time, only two candidates who have exploratory committees. a few things have happened in the last couple of years. it's so expensive to run, that the wisdom of the time frame has changed. the other thing that's happened, president obama is looking stronger politically than a lot of other folks thought. that has kept big name republicans on the sidelines and others biding their time. >> late to the game this go around. rick klein, thank you. when we come back here, what we found in the future queen's family tree. and then later tonight, the puppies tearing through your garbage. with good reason. move our families forward. move us all to a better place. and caltrate moves us. caltrate knows 80% of us don't get the calcium we need. and when we don't, our bodies steal it from our bones. caltrate helps put it back. with 1200 mg of calcium and 800 iu of vitamin d. women need caltrate.
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for a full 24 hours. tonight, a sort of rags to riches story. deeply hidden in the future queen's family tree. simon mcgregor-wood tonight with the generations that came before the royal wedding. >> reporter: yes, she's the daughter of a wealthy businessman, educated at top schools where she got to meet her real prince. but go back just a few generation, and the happeny couple's family trees look very different. william's great grandfather was king george vi. we all know him from "the king's speech." >> what do i call you? >> your royal highness. and sir, after that. >> how about dirty? >> only my family uses that. >> reporter: kate's great grandfather was thomas harrison, son of a coal miner. determined to find a better life
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for himself, he left for london. and he got it. surely, he could have never imagined that this coal miner's great, great granddaughter would marry the future king of england and one day herself become a queen. simon mcgregor-wood, abc news, london. and papers in london today say they know who will design kate's wedding dress. they are reporting it is sarah burton. she made the gown that michelle obama wore at the state dinner for the chinese president. but burton tonight is the denying the report. but so did many of the designers of princess diane's gown. we'll keep up posted. when we come back on the broadcast, the puppies caught on camera, tearing through your things. but they were told to. [ robin ] my name is robin.
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it's vitally important. >> reporter: you don't hear about many places where finding a bomb is cause for such a happy celebration. >> good boy! >> reporter: but then again, there's not a school in the nation like this one. here on the grounds of lackland air force base in texas, the tsa trains all of its bomb-sniffing dog teams. >> our dog teams are protecting thousands and thousands and thousands and possibly millions of peoples lives. >> reporter: officers from around the country spend ten years here, where they are teamed up with k-9 classmates. they run through mock airplanes. trains. parking lots. cargo facilities. even a replica of a full airport terminal. honing the fine art of snitching for explosives. >> never been through something like this. >> reporter: who is harder to train, the person or the dog? >> i think the harder would be the person. more or less. because the dogs, they tend to learn fairly quick.
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>> reporter: training starts early here. they raise their own bomb-sniffing dogs, which explains why this 9 week old puppies are playing with luggage. they're pred from the tsa's best, and aside from the odd collection of toys, they're taught to get used to noisy distractions. a sound track of car noise and even gun fire is played in the kennel. >> what we want to do is breed the right dog, raise the right dog and make sure we put them this training, they're going to take the least amount of time training. >> reporter: the dogs are all named for the victims of 9/11. only the best will graduate. about 144 teams this year. >> good girl, betty. >> reporter: for betty and the other dogs, it's all play. but she'll soon be on her way to washington, d.c. with her human partner for a job that couldn't be more serious. neal karlinsky, abc news, san antonio. and that is "world news" for this sunday night. we're always on an and don't forget, robin and
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george first thing in the mo morning on "gma." for all of us here at abc, have a good night.

ABC World News With David Muir
ABC March 6, 2011 6:00pm-6:30pm EST

News/Business. David Muir. The latest world and national news. New. (HD) (CC)

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